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Whalers Against Racism

  Dartmouth Whalers Minor Hockey Association stands behind the Halifax Hawks and agree there is no place for racism in hockey or in our society. We as an association want to show our support to Halifax and to any of our members who have been on the receiving end of discrimination.   To show our support and to help combat racism in our sport, we will be having Whalers Against Racism helmet stickers printed this week that will be provided to all Dartmouth Whalers members and distributed to each team.   Also this week while we work on distributing stickers, we are asking all teams to show their support by players taping their stick this week with red hockey tape. We ask that parents and coaches take this opportunity to talk about the importance of combating racism with our players, educating our youth is an important step in removing it.   If you hear a racist or discriminatory comment on or off the ice, speak up.   Call it out.   Report it.   It does not belong in hockey and it does not belong in our society       #WhalersAgainstRacism   Dartmouth Whalers Executive Board
Dec 3, 2021

NEW TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS ANNOUNCED BY PROVINCE FOR CHILDREN AGE 11 AND YOUNGER

Please see below email from Hockey NS regarding new travel restrictions announced today by the NS Government for players age 11 and younger   ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~   Good afternoon everyone,  Earlier today, the province announced that effective immediately, there are new restrictions on out-of-province travel for children age 11 and younger for the purpose of participating in sports, arts, culture events. Children age 11 and younger are also restricted from entering Nova Scotia for these activities. Individuals, businesses and organizations in Nova Scotia cannot host sports games, competitions and tournaments that include children 11 and younger from outside the province as participants. They also cannot participate in these types of events outside Nova Scotia. These restrictions will remain in place until at least early January and will be re-evaluated then. Children can continue to travel to attend these types of events as spectators. They can continue to travel for regular practices, lessons and rehearsals, which is lower risk because they are interacting with the same group all the time. All other travel restrictions remain in place. They are detailed here. To read the complete release from the province, please click here. These measures are in place to ensure that we can continue to keep playing. Thank you all for your hard work and continued support. Sincerely, Amy WalshExecutive DirectorHockey Nova Scotia   Arnie Farrell President Hockey Nova Scotia Garreth MacDonaldCommunications & Special Events DirectorHockey Nova Scotia259 Commodore DriveDartmouth, NS, B3B 0M1902.454.9400hockeynovascotia.ca
Dec 1, 2021

Coach Development Session Dec 5th

We are excited to kick of our first Coach Development Session of the 20221-2022 season.  This session is open to all Dartmouth Whaler coaches. Please note if you are attending you must register at the below link   Coach Development Session #1   Date: Dec 5th   Time: 7-8:30 pm   Location: RBC Multi Purpose Room   Audience- All Whaler coaches                 Please pre-register   Presenter: Jon Greenwood- Associate Coach Saint Mary's Men's Hockey Team   Topic: Defence Development: Working on skills required to play defence and incorporating into practices   REGISTER NOW
Nov 27, 2021

HRM Notification regarding RBC Rink A ice removal

Good Afternoon Just a quick note to inform everyone that we have received notification that we will be losing Rink A at the RBC center as of November 28th. We have just received the below notification this morning and we will be working hard with HRM, Nustadia/ RBC Centre, our executives and other rinks to see if there is a possibility to relocate teams to help us absorb all of our ice times. Please know we are aware andwe are being diligent in figuring it all out.  As for now, plan to have your teams on the ice for their regular times up to and including Sunday November 28th, 2021. We will have more discussions this coming weekend and once we know more, we will send out an update. Thank you for your patience. Dartmouth Whalers Board ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Excerpt from HRM Parks & Recreation November 26th Email  Due to the emergency need to address homelessness in HRM, Regional Council authorized the CAO to implement a range of emergency shelter accommodations. Persons have been housed at the Gray arena on an emergency basis since mid-September resulting in all dry floor bookings, including lacrosse and ball hockey being cancelled.  The municipality is procuring modular units to provide accommodations for those individuals currently being housed in the Gray. Unexpected delays pushed out the expected date to have these modular units ready beyond the initially anticipated date. To accommodate a winter season for lacrosse and other dry floor sports, and with the continued use of the Gray arena as an emergency shelter, the municipality is removing one pad of ice (Pad A) from the RBC 4-pad effective midnight November 28th. Dry-floor rentals will commence December 6th. There are 26 ice pads in the municipality. The Gray arena is typically the only year-round dry-floor arena in Halifax. To ensure as complete a season for lacrosse as possible and to reduce potential for further disruption, bookings will be rescheduled through to the end of the winter season (March 31, 2022). Recognizing this will have an impact across all arenas and user groups we ask for patience and understanding from everyone as staff adjust bookings. We will aim to relocate and reschedule as many bookings as possible, with a priority on youth bookings however some ice bookings may not be able to be rescheduled and will be cancelled.
Nov 26, 2021

Dartmouth Whalers Jr Coach Program

Dartmouth Whalers Minor Hockey Association is very excited to kick off our Jr Whalers Coach Program.  This program is open to Current and Past Whaler Players that are U15 age and older.This group will support Dartmouth Whalers Teams this season and into the future.  We welcome both skaters and goalies.  We have a big need for Jr Coaches to work with U7 and U9 levels as well as our C level teams.  Goalies are also something we require to help our young goalies at U9 and U11 level to develop.Junior Coach Orientation SessionThe following session is MANDATORY TO  ATTEND, all participants must take partDate: Wednesday November 24Time 7:30 to 9:00PMLocation RBC Multi purpose roomThe intended outcome of this mandatory session is for the participants in the program to have a better understanding the role they will play with our teams and assigning the participants to the scheduleIf you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to our development director Peter Dulhanty at developdirector@whalers.org   To register click here  JUNIOR COACH REGISTRATION  
Nov 19, 2021

How to view players registration balance in HCR 3.0

With the deadline of November 30th for full payment of registration, there have been a lot of questions regarding players balance owing or questions regarding payments made/ charged to credit cards and payments remaining.  This can be viewed by parents by logging back into the system at the below website link and the "HOW TO" document posted below https://account.spordle.com/auth/HCR How to view Players balance owing <-Click here 1If you have any questions regarding balance or payments, please reach out to either:Registrar Registrar@whalers.orgTreasurer treasurer@whalers.org
Nov 17, 2021

U9 Development Sessions

U9 Development Sessions- starting Nov 16th   We are excited to launch extra development opportunities for U9 aged players again this year. These sessions are an excellent complement to weekend practices.   The sessions will focus on a mix of skating fundamentals, puck control, passing, shooting and individuals tactics as laid out by Hockey Canada.   When: Tuesday 5:15 pm to 6:15PM             Nov 16 / 23 / 30 | Dec 7 / 14 | Jan 4 / 11 / 18 / 25 | Feb 1 Where: RBC Centre  Fees: $200 (Qty 10 x 1 hour sessions)     Click HERE to register
Nov 10, 2021

Goalie Development Sessions 2021-2022

Goalie Development Sessions- starting Nov 14th   The Whalers are very pleased to offer goalie development sessions for all divisions led by top third party instructors in the region. These sessions are split by the following levels: 1) U9 / U11 2) U13 / U15 / U18.   Fees- $100.00 for 10 Sessions ($10 per session) *Pricing factors cost of ice, 3rd party goalie instructors, and assumes a minimum of 12 goalies. The Whalers are just looking to cover costs for these sessions.   **Possibility for your tender’s team budget to cover the cost or partial cost of the sessions. Check in with your team on possibilities.   *See the dates and times below.    Click HERE to register   See you at the rink!   U9 / U11 Sundays 2:45 to 3:45 PM Nov 14/21/28 Dec 5/12/19 Jan 9/16/23/30 U13 / U15 / U18 Sundays 3:45 to 4:45 PM Nov 14/21/28 Dec 5/12/19 Jan 9/16/23/30  
Nov 8, 2021

Rink/spectator reminders for phase 5

It has been almost a month since the Provincial Vaccination Policy/Phase 5 came into effect but wanted to send a few reminders to everyone of the following:   ·        Players and Coaches can enter the facilities 30 minutes prior to ice time start ·        Masks are required everywhere in the facilities, except for when participating in an activity. ·        All spectators are required to keep their mask on at all times. There is no food or beverage permitted in the arena or gymnasium. ·        All players, coaches, timekeepers, spectators, and anyone else associated with your rental must have proof of vaccination and ID with them to enter the building. The facilities have the right to ask for proof of vaccination and proof of age at any time.   Also please note the below updates specific to Rinks :   HRM 4 Pad - Bedford (BMO) & RBC Centre - Dartmouth ·        As of November 1, 2021, all participants (including spectators) are to use the main entrance, there will no longer be rink specific entrances. ·        All spectators will not be permitted building access until 10 minutes prior to the start of the rental.     Zatzman Sportsplex ·        Arena spectators will now access the facility through the main entrance and our staff/security will be checking their proof of vaccination before they enter. ·        All spectators will not be permitted building access until 15 minutes prior to the start of the rental. ·        Only medical and non-medical facemasks will be accepted at the Sportsplex. Bandanas, neck gaiters, balaclavas, clear plastic mouth shields, or items of clothing tied around the face will not be accepted. Face shields do not replace facemasks.   Any questions please email Safety Coordinator Melissa Ruginski @ safetycoordinator@whalers.org  
Nov 1, 2021

Whalers 50/50

  Great work everyone on our last draw! This months draw is up and growing and let’s try make this bigger than our last one!    Last months jackpot was $27,040 and the winner took home $13,520 and around $9,500 went towards players registration.    Good luck everyone and keep up the hard work! https://www.rafflebox.ca/raffle/whalers
Oct 28, 2021

UPDATE ON TRAVEL TO NEW BRUNSWICK

Please see below message from Hockey Nova Scotia sent out this afternoon       Good afternoon everyone,   On the advice of Nova Scotia Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Robert Strang, Hockey Nova Scotia will continue to prohibit teams from travelling to communities in New Brunswick located in zones affected by circuit breaker measures.   As an update to our Oct. 7 communication regarding travel to New Brunswick, we wanted to let you know that the circuit breaker measures that have been in effect in some areas since Friday, Oct. 8 have been extended until at least Friday, Oct. 29. Please note these measures could be extended into November.   These areas include Zone 1 (Moncton region) as far north as and including Sainte-Anne-de-Kent and including Havelock in Zone 2; the northern portion of Zone 3 from and including Deerville and Florenceville-Bristol, but excluding Hayesville and Parker Ridge; and all of Zone 4 (Edmundston region).   Late last week, it was announced that Zone 5 (Campbellton region) will also enter a 14-day circuit breaker beginning on Friday, Oct. 22.   A detailed breakdown of the areas of New Brunswick impacted by these measures can be found by clicking here.   We expect that New Brunswick Public Health will provide more information later this week on their restrictions. We will provide an update if anything changes.   Thank you for all that you do.    Sincerely,   Amy Walsh Executive Director Hockey Nova Scotia   Arnie Farrell President Hockey Nova Scotia     Garreth MacDonald Communications & Special Events Director Hockey Nova Scotia   259 Commodore Drive Dartmouth, NS, B3B 0M1 902.454.9400   hockeynovascotia.ca
Oct 25, 2021

Whalers Corporate Sponsors

Whalers Families, We are thrilled to announce our continued and new corporate sponsors. Please find the attached information below for some amazing partnerships. Corporate Partnerships, Coaches, Managers, Letter Dartmouth Whalers_Staples Partnership Info, Oct2021
Oct 24, 2021

Four more days to buy the 50/50!

Four more days to buy a ticket! The winner currently wins almost $7000.00 Thank you for supporting the Whalers!! https://www.rafflebox.ca/raffle/whalers
Oct 17, 2021

One more week to buy 50/50 tickets!!

Whalers 50/50 update We’ll soon be passing the $10,000 mark this weekend with one week of sales to go. The last chance to buy tickets will be midnight on Thursday, October 21st with the draw happening on Saturday the 23rd. Immediately following we will draw for a $100 Pro Hockey Life gift card. The money raised, not only goes to support player registration, but also towards Whalers programming and to help support the Mary Beth Chaulk fund. Let’s get the word out there and sell some tickets. Good luck everyone!
Oct 15, 2021

Whalers 50/50 Communication 2021/22

Whalers 50/50 Communication 2021/22   Welcome back everyone to another Whalers hockey season. Last year we ran a successful 50/50 and did extremely well. We are hoping to build on that success and have incorporated your feedback into our fundraising framework for the year. 50/50 credits from last season applied helped reduce registration costs by over $27,000 for raffle participants. In one case paying the entire registration cost for a single player. We hope to add to that this year. There will be some changes to our ticket prices and we will be incorporating a second draw for a Pro Hockey Life gift card after each main draw.             Like all good fundraisers it’s important to receive feedback and continuously adjust the recipe to build on our success year after year. This year the ticket prices will be in line with the feedback we received.   ·        3  for $5 ·        7  for $10 ·        15 for $20 ·        50 for $50   The top ten fundraisers for each draw will be placed in a second draw following the main one for a $100 Pro Hockey Life gift card.   We have also had to implement a threshold on how many tickets an individual sells in order to have it apply towards their registration. Due to the immense administrative cost of adding all the credits to the system a player will have to raise a total of $25 minimum worth of credit to have it applied. With the ticket sales breakdown giving 36.5% of the sales to the individual you would have to sell roughly $68 worth of tickets over the course of the 6 draws throughout the season. For those that do not reach the $25 minimum credit threshold your credit will be diverted to the Mary Beth Chaulk fund strengthening support for our Whalers Community.   Special note for U18 players. You will be receiving email notifications for the raffle such as information and your unique URL (Link) to sell 50/50 tickets. If you end up playing for a high school team and wish to opt out of fundraising emails please let us know.   I wish you all good luck this year! Please feel free to email myself at fundraising@whalers.org for any questions related to the draw or for team fundraising inquiries. I am here to help and like always your feedback is appreciated.   Christian Hiriart Whalers Fundraising Coordinator Fundraising@whalers.org  
Oct 15, 2021

New date for coaches/managers meeting-please tegister

Coaches/Managers Meeting Update - New Date and Please Register   Please be advised that the Coaches/Managers meeting scheduled for next week has been moved to Tuesday, October 19th at 7 PM.  The meeting will be held at the SPCA offices at 5 Scarfe Court in Burnside.  We would appreciate if one coach and one manager from each team can attend.  We have limited space, so please do not send more than two representatives.   Please register for this meeting at the following link:   https://forms.gle/otSTASPxvonZaFsg6  
Oct 14, 2021

Recreation Update October 10

Recreation Update   Please see below the groups for Recreation for the U11 and U13 Groups for Monday and Tuesday only.  Updated group lists will be posted for balancing later this week.     Also please note a date correction in the schedule.  For next weekend, all balancing will happen on Sunday, October 17th.  The wrong date was inserted by mistake.     U11 Recreation Groups             Group 1   Group 2 EDDIE RITCHIE   LEVI ROSSONG LINDEN RICHARDS   MAIA RENDELL HUNTER NURSEY   PETER MCMAHON OLIVER NELMES   FRANÇOISE LABELLE ELIJAH GIARDINO   KOWAN HERNANDEZ MYLES CASEY-TANNER   JOHN CLARKE COBIN ARNOLD   LOGAN STANLEY MIKEY SKOCHYLAS   KOEN SNIKERIS CALEB RIGGS   TRISTAN SHEWAN BRADY RICHARD   MUIZZ ROUANI JAXON NICHOLSON   LEWIS OSBORNE JACOB MURPHY   JONAH MILLS AVERY KEDDY   OWEN MCMAHON EVAN HUESTIS   AIDEN MACINNIS RANDON HALIBURTON   LEVI FIDLER ZANE GATES   ANTHONY DUZAK COLE DAGNALL   WILLIAM CROWTHER LEIGHTON CRAWLEY   OLIVER CONROD LIAM BRUCE   MATTHEW CARMICHAEL MICHAEL BRENNAN   HUNTER ARCHIBALD OLIVIA BOEHNER   JOSH POTTIE           U13 Recreation Groups                     Group 1   Group 2   Group 3 MYLAH PASTUCK   First Name Last Name   CLAYTON MATTHEWS RUSSELL CAPALDI   THOMAS OSBORNE   CULLEN MACDONALD PARKER ADDERSON   JAGGER NAUGLE   PARKER GIBERSON NATHAN WILSON   CHARLOTTE GREEN   ALIYA CORMIER NICHOLAS MACLEAN   MILEY CLARK   KEEGAN BRUCE MORGAN BASIL FLIGHT   MASON CARMICHAEL   BENJAMIN BOEHNER MATTHEW COLE   TYE CAMPBELL   MARSHALL WOODFORD CALEB BERKMAN   KAELYN WHITMAN   BRANDON SWINAMER JACOB ALLEN   CARTER O'DONNELL   KYLE MEYERS OLIVER FELTHAM   ARCHER NOSEWORTHY   XAVIER MASON ISAIAH KING   LANDON MCMASTER   WYATT DEEBLE AIDAN O'REGAN   LIAM KING   ELLIS DALLING AIDEN CHARLEBOIS   HUDSON HALL   AUSTIN CRAIG TRISTEN HIRTLE   AVERY GAUTHIER   COLE CHETWYND TRISTAN LANDRY   LIAM CARMICHAEL   PHOENIX CASEY-TANNER LANDON MANSON   FINLEY CAMPBELL   XANDER FESER ZACHARY MILLER   OWEN BURT   NIKHIL BATRA KIRK MINERS   AMARA BOWERS   JACK COLLETT DYLAN WALSH   ELIZABETH BOUTIN   COLIN GOULD MICHAELA ROSE   ANGUS BEAZLEY   THEO JUNAID-MACNEILL       RILEY HOGBERG             LOGAN HARVEY                           Updated Schedule:   Date Arena Minutes Start End Team Type Monday, October 11, 2021 ECV (Bowles) 60 6:00 PM 7:00 PM U13 Practice - Group 1 Monday, October 11, 2021 ECV (Bowles) 60 7:00 PM 8:00 PM U13 Practice - Group 2 Monday, October 11, 2021 ECV (Bowles) 60 8:00 PM 9:00 PM U13 Practice - Group 3 Monday, October 11, 2021 ECV (Bowles) 60 9:00 PM 10:00 PM U18 Practice - ALL Tuesday, October 12, 2021 ECV (Bowles) 60 6:00 PM 7:00 PM U11 Practice - Group 1 Tuesday, October 12, 2021 ECV (Bowles) 60 7:00 PM 8:00 PM U11 Practice - Group 2 Tuesday, October 12, 2021 ECV (Bowles) 60 8:00 PM 9:00 PM U15 Practice - ALL Wednesday, October 13, 2021 ECV (Bowles) 60 7:00 PM 8:00 PM U13 Balancing - Scrimmage Wednesday, October 13, 2021 ECV (Bowles) 60 8:00 PM 9:00 PM U13 Balancing - Scrimmage Wednesday, October 13, 2021 ECV (Bowles) 60 9:00 PM 10:00 PM U18 Balancing - Scrimmage Thursday, October 14, 2021 ECV (Bowles) 60 6:00 PM 7:00 PM U11 Balancing - Scrimmage Thursday, October 14, 2021 ECV (Bowles) 60 7:00 PM 8:00 PM U11 Balancing - Scrimmage Thursday, October 14, 2021 ECV (Bowles) 60 8:00 PM 9:00 PM U15 Balancing - Scrimmage Friday, October 15, 2021 ECV (Bowles) 60 7:00 PM 8:00 PM U13 Balancing - Scrimmage Friday, October 15, 2021 ECV (Bowles) 60 8:00 PM 9:00 PM U13 Balancing - Scrimmage Friday, October 15, 2021 ECV (Bowles) 60 9:00 PM 10:00 PM U15 Balancing - Scrimmage Sunday, October 17, 2021 ECV (Bowles) 60 8:00 AM 9:00 AM U11 Balancing - Scrimmage Sunday, October 17, 2021 ECV (Bowles) 60 9:00 AM 10:00 AM U11 Balancing - Scrimmage Sunday, October 17, 2021 ECV (Bowles) 60 10:00 AM 11:00 AM U13 Balancing - Scrimmage Sunday, October 17, 2021 ECV (Bowles) 60 11:00 AM 12:00 PM U13 Balancing - Scrimmage Sunday, October 17, 2021 ECV (Bowles) 60 7:30 PM 8:30 PM U15 Balancing - Scrimmage Sunday, October 17, 2021 ECV (Bowles) 90 8:30 PM 10:00 PM U18 Balancing - Scrimmage
Oct 10, 2021

Rec updates october 8th

  Recreation Update   A warm welcome again for our Recreation participants.  Below you will find the ice times for Recreation for next week.  We will commence the Balancing process starting Wednesday, October 13th and hope to have most teams balanced by October 17th.  Some exceptions may apply for the U15 and U18 groups, as we are waiting for final try-outs to be completed.  Teams for U11 and U13 practices will be posted by Monday, October 11th.  For U15 and U18 practices, all registered players are asked to attend.   Squads for balancing scrimmages will also be posted early next week, as soon as we get final confirmation of those participants coming to Rec from the Rep Try-out process.     Finally, should your participant wish to be placed on a team with a friend, please make this request through the google document below.  We will do our best to accommodate these requests, but given we are also trying to balance teams, not all requests may be able to be fulfilled.     Link to the Friends Request - https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdW1GT1jrwrn8XEAusmTeWuJU7iket6PYFHI6td-XT7b0kmEw/viewform?vc=0&c=0&w=1&flr=0    Should you have any questions or concerns, please don't hesitate to reach out to the Divisional Coordinator, also listed below.  Wishing everyone a very Happy Thanksgiving and thank-you to all of the volunteers involved!   Date Arena Minutes Start End Team Type Monday, October 11, 2021 ECV (Bowles) 60 6:00 PM 7:00 PM U13 Practice Monday, October 11, 2021 ECV (Bowles) 60 7:00 PM 8:00 PM U13 Practice Monday, October 11, 2021 ECV (Bowles) 60 8:00 PM 9:00 PM U13 Practice Monday, October 11, 2021 ECV (Bowles) 60 9:00 PM 10:00 PM U18 Practice Tuesday, October 12, 2021 ECV (Bowles) 60 6:00 PM 7:00 PM U11 Practice Tuesday, October 12, 2021 ECV (Bowles) 60 7:00 PM 8:00 PM U11 Practice Tuesday, October 12, 2021 ECV (Bowles) 60 8:00 PM 9:00 PM U15 Practice Wednesday, October 13, 2021 ECV (Bowles) 60 7:00 PM 8:00 PM U13 Balancing - Scrimmage Wednesday, October 13, 2021 ECV (Bowles) 60 8:00 PM 9:00 PM U13 Balancing - Scrimmage Wednesday, October 13, 2021 ECV (Bowles) 60 9:00 PM 10:00 PM U18 Balancing - Scrimmage Thursday, October 14, 2021 ECV (Bowles) 60 6:00 PM 7:00 PM U11 Balancing - Scrimmage Thursday, October 14, 2021 ECV (Bowles) 60 7:00 PM 8:00 PM U11 Balancing - Scrimmage Thursday, October 14, 2021 ECV (Bowles) 60 8:00 PM 9:00 PM U15 Balancing - Scrimmage Friday, October 15, 2021 ECV (Bowles) 60 7:00 PM 8:00 PM U13 Balancing - Scrimmage Friday, October 15, 2021 ECV (Bowles) 60 8:00 PM 9:00 PM U13 Balancing - Scrimmage Friday, October 15, 2021 ECV (Bowles) 60 9:00 PM 10:00 PM U15 Balancing - Scrimmage Sunday, October 16, 2021 ECV (Bowles) 60 8:00 AM 9:00 AM U11 Balancing - Scrimmage Sunday, October 16, 2021 ECV (Bowles) 60 9:00 AM 10:00 AM U11 Balancing - Scrimmage Sunday, October 16, 2021 ECV (Bowles) 60 10:00 AM 11:00 AM U13 Balancing - Scrimmage Sunday, October 16, 2021 ECV (Bowles) 60 11:00 AM 12:00 PM U13 Balancing - Scrimmage Sunday, October 16, 2021 ECV (Bowles) 60 7:30 PM 8:30 PM U15 Balancing - Scrimmage Sunday, October 16, 2021 ECV (Bowles) 90 8:30 PM 10:00 PM U18 Balancing - Scrimmage   Divisional Coordinators:   Brian Bruce atomreccoordinator@whalers.org U11 Rec Coordinator Brian Bruce pwreccoordinator@whalers.org U13 Rec Coordinator Scott Rowe Bantamreccoordinator@whalers.org U15 Rec Coordinator Laurie Ossinger midgetcoordinator@whalers.org U18 Coordinator
Oct 8, 2021

Updates on Hockey NS Rebound Plan 2.0

Happy Friday Whalers Please find below a message from Hockey Nova Scotia in regards to the new Rebound Plan 2.0, please take a moment to read through.  With the moving to Phase 5 earlier this week, Hockey NS rebound plan has been updated and one of the important changes parent and players will be happy to hear is that Covid pre-screening forms are no longer required to be completed.  We do ask that players still do a quick pre-screen before coming to the rink and if not feeling well or have any symptoms we ask them to not come to the rink and to go and get tested. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Earlier this week, Nova Scotia has transitioned into a modified Phase 5 of the provincial reopening plan. As we noted last week, Phase 5 plan begins cautiously. While some restrictions have been lifted, others have been maintained.   With these changes in mind, we have updated our return plan. Attached to this email, you will find Hockey Nova Scotia - Rebound Plan 2.0   Rebound Plan 2.0 is an entirely revised document. We encourage you to review it in its entirety.   The new plan also links to the Hockey Nova Scotia COVID-19 Vaccination Policy. We ask that you also take the time to familiarize yourselves with it.   As we cautiously prepare to lift some of the restrictions that were in effect last season, we must continue to work together and follow the protocols and advice of Public Health. The safety of our entire membership remains our top priority and we all have a role to play.   Let’s continue to work together respectfully as we prepare for a new hockey year in the hopes of making it the best possible experience for those who love this great game.   Yours in Hockey,   Amy Walsh Executive Director Hockey Nova Scotia   Arnie Farrell President Hockey Nova Scotia     Garreth MacDonald Communications & Special Events Director Hockey Nova Scotia   259 Commodore Drive Dartmouth, NS, B3B 0M1 902.454.9400   hockeynovascotia.ca  
Oct 8, 2021

Coaches/Managers Meeting and Credentials

Coaches/Managers Meeting and Credentials   Welcome back coaches, managers and team officials!  We are getting ever closer to naming our teams and the assignment of coaches and their staff for the 2021/22 season.  We can not thank you enough for your continued support, time and efforts both on and off the ice.     With league play/games (Rec and Rep) estimated to start November 1st and team practices/activities commencing sooner, we would like to remind coaches and team staff of the requirements needed in order to be rostered to teams.  This includes the CRC process and the Hockey Nova Scotia Respect in Sport program.   There will be no exceptions to this policy.   You can find more information regarding the requirements on our website at:   https://whalers.org/l/42/DWMHA/pages/1926   Please familiarize yourself with this information and please ensure that you get all of your accreditations prior to November 15th.  We will be asking Divisional Coordinators to follow up with each team (Rec and Rep) to ensure all team officials meet or exceed the requirements needed.    If you require any coaching certifications through Hockey Nova Scotia, you can find more information at:   https://hockeynovascotia.ca/coach/coaching-clinic-schedule   Clinics fill up fast, so if you plan to coach or are new to coaching, please register for a clinic now and ensure that you get your designations as soon as possible.   We will be hosting a Coaches/Manager's meeting for all coaches on Monday, October 18th at 7pm, location to be confirmed.  This will be to familiarize all coaches and teams of DWMHA policies and answer any questions you may have with respect to the 2021/22 season.  We will send out a sign-up sheet closer to this date, but please circle it in your calendar.  Only one coach and manager per team will be required to attend.   Welcome back!  We look forward to seeing you at the Rink!!
Oct 7, 2021

Recreation Updates

RECREATION UPDATE   As announced last week, we will commence our Recreation Hockey Program starting Wednesday, October 6th at East Coast Varsity (formerly Bowles).   We have the following ice times available:   Wednesday, October 6th 6pm - 6:50 pm - U11 - Group 1 7pm - 7:50 pm - U13 Group 1 8pm - 8:50 pm - U15 (all players) 9pm - 9:50 pm - U18 (all players)   Thursday, October 7th 6pm - 6:50 pm - U11 - Group 2 7pm - 7:50 pm - U13 Group 2 8pm - 8:50 pm - U15 (all players) 9pm - 9:50 pm - U18 (all players)       U11 Recreation Groups             Group 1   Group 2 EDDIE RITCHIE   LEVI ROSSONG LINDEN RICHARDS   MAIA RENDELL HUNTER NURSEY   PETER MCMAHON OLIVER NELMES   FRANÇOISE LABELLE ELIJAH GIARDINO   KOWAN HERNANDEZ MYLES CASEY-TANNER   JOHN CLARKE COBIN ARNOLD   LOGAN STANLEY MIKEY SKOCHYLAS   KOEN SNIKERIS CALEB RIGGS   TRISTAN SHEWAN BRADY RICHARD   MUIZZ ROUANI JAXON NICHOLSON   LEWIS OSBORNE JACOB MURPHY   JONAH MILLS AVERY KEDDY   OWEN MCMAHON EVAN HUESTIS   AIDEN MACINNIS RANDON HALIBURTON   LEVI FIDLER ZANE GATES   ANTHONY DUZAK COLE DAGNALL   WILLIAM CROWTHER LEIGHTON CRAWLEY   OLIVER CONROD LIAM BRUCE   MATTHEW CARMICHAEL MICHAEL BRENNAN   HUNTER ARCHIBALD OLIVIA BOEHNER   JOSH POTTIE           U13 Recreation Groups             Group 1   Group 2 MYLAH PASTUCK   THOMAS OSBORNE CLAYTON MATTHEWS   JAGGER NAUGLE CULLEN MACDONALD   CHARLOTTE GREEN PARKER GIBERSON   MILEY CLARK ALIYA CORMIER   MASON CARMICHAEL RUSSELL CAPALDI   TYE CAMPBELL KEEGAN BRUCE   KAELYN WHITMAN BENJAMIN BOEHNER   CARTER O'DONNELL PARKER ADDERSON   ARCHER NOSEWORTHY MARSHALL WOODFORD   LANDON MCMASTER NATHAN WILSON   LIAM KING BRANDON SWINAMER   HUDSON HALL KYLE MEYERS   AVERY GAUTHIER XAVIER MASON   LIAM CARMICHAEL NICHOLAS MACLEAN   FINLEY CAMPBELL MORGAN BASIL FLIGHT   OWEN BURT WYATT DEEBLE   AMARA BOWERS ELLIS DALLING   ELIZABETH BOUTIN AUSTIN CRAIG   CALEB BERKMAN MATTHEW COLE   ANGUS BEAZLEY COLE CHETWYND   JACOB ALLEN PHOENIX CASEY-TANNER   RILEY HOGBERG OLIVER FELTHAM   LOGAN HARVEY XANDER FESER   ISAIAH KING AIDAN O'REGAN   AIDEN CHARLEBOIS NIKHIL BATRA   COLIN GOULD JACK COLLETT   TRISTEN HIRTLE THEO JUNAID-MACNEILL   TRISTAN LANDRY KIRK MINERS   LANDON MANSON COLIN WALSH   ZACHARY MILLER DYLAN WALSH   MICHAELA ROSE             Reminder to parents and participants that effective October 4th, the Provincial Vaccination mandate has started.  In order to enter the facility, you will need to show proof of Vaccination for those age groups that qualify.  Please bring your Proof of Vaccination with you or you will be denied entry.   Also ensure that you fill-out your Covid Check in advance through the following link.    Link for Covid Prescreening for Participants -> U11 U13 U15 U18   Link for Covid Prescreening for Spectators ->   U11 U13 U15 U18   One parent or attendee will be allowed per participant.   Should you have any further questions or concerns, please contact the respective Coordinator for the age group that you player is playing.   U11 - Brian Bruce - atomreccoordinator@whalers.org U13 - Brian Bruce - peeweereccoordinator@whalers.org U15 - Scott Rowe - bantamreccoordinator@whalers.org U18 - Laurie Ossinger - midgetreccoordinator@whalers.org   See you at the Rink!
Oct 5, 2021

Recreation Hockey Update

  Recreation Hockey Update   We would like to welcome all of our Recreation Hockey participants and parents back to the rink starting Wednesday October 6th.  Recreation Hockey will commence with ice times for U11 through to U18. throughout next week.   Times and groups will be posted over the weekend, so please stay tuned for more information.  All of the ice for Recreation Hockey next week will be at East Coast Varsity Arena - ECV (formerly Bowles Arena).  These are practices only to get our players back on the ice.  Balancing will start for Recreation Hockey starting Wednesday, October 13th.  Most of the try-outs will be completed by this time and this will give us time to balance teams.  Please stay tuned for more information regarding Balancing in the coming week.     Should you have any questions or queries, you can contact the Divisional Coordinators for Rec:   U11 - Brian Bruce - atomreccoordinator@whalers.com U13 - Brian Bruce - peeweereccoordinator@whalers.com U15 - Scott Rowe - bantamreccoordinator@whalers.com U18 - Laurie Ossinger - midgetcoordinator@whalers.com   We are looking for volunteers to assist with the start of Recreational Hockey.  If you are interested, please contact the respective coordinator to indicate your willingness to assist or sign up via the link below.  We will need volunteers to assist with check-in, balancing activities and Covid Checks, including checking for Vaccination confirmation.     CLICK HERE to sign up to volunteer  We also wanted to make you aware of the following important items:   ·       East Coast Varsity Arena - ECV (formerly Bowles) rules remain the same as last season for capacity, entry times as well as specified entrances for each rink. ·       Players will not be allowed to enter the rink until 15 minutes prior to ice time and have 15 minutes to exit the rink after ice time ends ·      Parents are NOT ALLOWED in the dressing room at any time, approved volunteers/ coaches only. ·      Parents will not be allowed in to tie skates, we will have volunteers who will be looking after that for any player that needs skates tied ·      Goalie parents will be allowed to help with goalie with their pads but must exit rink once done and wait for spectator check in outside. ·       ONE Spectator per player will be allowed at ECV, no exceptions for the start of the season.  Spectators will be allowed to enter the rink 5 minutes prior to ice time and must exit immediately when ice time ends and buzzer sounds.  For any players requiring help with tying skates, our dressing room volunteers will be looking after that.   ·       Covid Pre-screening forms MUST be completed by all players, volunteers, coaches and spectators before entering the rink each ice time.  If the form is not completed, entry will not be provided to anyone, including players.  Also please note that screening forms cannot be completed more than 24 hours prior to ice time. ·       All Vaccine-Eligible Players, Game Officials, HNS Officials, Instructors, Associations, Team Officials, Leagues, Programs and Volunteers are required to be Fully Vaccinated (i.e., including the 14-day period after receiving their completed dose) by October 4, 2021, or earlier. ·       Players 12 and over will be asked to show proof of vaccination as they enter the rink for their first ice session, which will then be noted on our master list for players if proof has been seen by our safety rep for all future practice and balancing session ice times. The following exceptions will apply: o   Children who turned 12 between Jan. 1 and Oct. 4 this year will have until Dec. 31 to attend events and activities while they get vaccinated. Children who turn 12 after Oct. 4 will have three months from their birthday. If they choose not to get vaccinated, they will no longer be able to participate in these events and activities once the grace period is up o   Children and youth age 13 to 18 who can provide proof that they received one dose of vaccine can start participating in sport, recreation, arts and culture programming on or after October 4. To continue participating, they must provide proof of full vaccination by November 9 (second dose plus 14 days for it to take effect). In other words, they must get a first dose no later than September 28 and a second dose no later than October 26. If you don’t meet the November 9 deadline, you will not be able to participate until you are able to provide proof of full vaccine (second dose plus 14 days for it to take effect). ·       Volunteers and Coaches will need to show proof of vaccination each session they are helping out with during balancing ·       Spectators will need to show proof of vaccination each session they attend. PLEASE NOTE: DWMHA will not be keeping record of any information other than to indicate that proof vaccination record has been provided.  Also No player, volunteer, coach or spectator will be allowed entry into the facility without proof of vaccine shown.  Any Affected Person who is granted medical exemption through Valid Medical Contraindication for COVID-19 vaccinations must show proof to their safety rep with the approved documentation from a Physician or Nurse Practitioner.   HNS reserves the right to have exemption medical documentation reviewed by the HNS Chief Medical Officer to make appropriate inquiries to verify the authenticity of any claim for exemption.For more information on Hockey Nova Scotia Proof of Vaccination Policy please go to https://whalers.org/news/2317/HOCKEY-NOVA-SCOTIA-PROOF-OF-VACCINE-POLICY/   Link for Covid Prescreening for Participants -> U11 U13 U15 U18   Link for Covid Prescreening for Spectators ->   U11 U13 U15 U18   Thanks for your patience and ongoing support. Let's get this season started and we look forward to seeing you all at the rink very soon!
Oct 3, 2021

Whalers 50/50 Communication 2021/22

  Whalers 50/50 Communication 2021/22   Welcome back everyone to another Whalers hockey season. Last year we ran a successful 50/50 and did extremely well. We are hoping to build on that success and have incorporated your feedback into our fundraising framework for the year. 50/50 credits from last season were applied to help reduce registration costs by over $27,000 for raffle participants. In one case paying the entire registration cost for a single player. We hope to add to that this year. There will be some changes to our ticket prices and we will be incorporating a second draw for a Pro Hockey Life gift card after each main draw.         Like all good fundraisers it’s important to receive feedback and continuously adjust the recipe to build on our success year after year. This year the ticket prices will be in line with the feedback we received. 3   for $5 7   for  $10 15 for $20 50 for  $50  The top ten fundraisers for each draw will be placed in a second draw following the main one for a $100 Pro Hockey Life gift card.  We have also had to implement a threshold on how many tickets an individual sells in order to have it apply towards their registration. Due to the immense administrative cost of adding all the credits to the system a player will have to raise a total of $25 minimum worth of credit to have it applied. With the ticket sales breakdown giving 36.5% of the sales to the individual you would have to sell roughly $68 worth of tickets over the course of the 6 draws throughout the season. For those that do not reach the $25 minimum credit threshold your credit will be diverted to the Mary Beth Chaulk fund strengthening support for our Whalers Community. Special note for U18 players. You will be receiving email notifications for the raffle such as information and your unique URL (Link) to sell 50/50 tickets. If you end up playing for a high school team and wish to opt out of fundraising emails please let us know.  I wish you all good luck this year! Please feel free to email myself at fundraising@whalers.org for any questions related to the draw or for team fundraising inquiries. I am here to help and like always your feedback is appreciated.  Christian Hiriart Whalers Fundraising Coordinator Fundraising@whalers.org    
Sep 30, 2021

Vaccine reminder

  Dear Members,   As announced by the Government of Nova Scotia today, Nova Scotia will move into Phase 5 of the reopening plan on October 4.Starting Oct. 4, people who are 12 and older will need to provide proof of full vaccination to participate in most events and activities that bring groups of people together.   Masks will also be required to be worn in all public facilities.   To facilitate a smooth transition to this Proof of Vaccination, we will have additional volunteers at our Try-Outs to check for this proof and verification at the rink.  Our volunteers have been instructed not to collect any personal data or to collect copies of the Proof of Vaccination.  You can show either a paper copy of your record or a digital copy (on your phone).  We will also be asking all participants to do a Pre-Covid Screening as per last year.  Please ensure that this is filled out and submitted prior to coming to the rink.  This is required for anyone (player, coach, team officials, spectators) attending Try-Outs, practices or games this year.   For players, where required and outlined below, we will check for proof of vaccination once.  The player’s name and confirmed status will be kept on file so that players do not have to continue to bring proof every time they come to the rink.  Players are welcomed to start showing their proof of vaccination starting September 30th.  This should help with the orderly flow of players to get ready and on the ice.   For volunteers, bench staff and on-ice support, we will also be verifying your status.  Please ensure you bring your Proof of Vaccination and ensure that your name gets on our list with the Divisional Coordinator so that we don’t have to verify each time you come to the rink.   For spectators, for intersquad or exhibition games during the Try-Out process, we will have additional volunteers to check and verify proof of Vaccination at the rink before you are allowed entry into the spectator area.  Just a reminder that spectators will only be allowed in the lower areas of the rink at RBC Centre during the Try-Out period.  We ask for your cooperation and patience as we implement these new measures.  We are a volunteer driven organization and we do appreciate all of the efforts by everyone involved.   Quick Facts: People with a valid medical reason that prevents vaccination can get an exception letter from their physician or nurse practitioner to show instead of proof of full vaccination. A small number of Nova Scotians who participated in COVID-19 vaccine clinical trials have already been sent an exception letter to show instead of proof of full vaccination People over the age of 18 are required to show proof of full vaccination. Children who turned 12 between January 1 and October 4 this year will have until Dec. 31 to attend events and activities while they get vaccinated; children who turn 12 after October 4 will have three months from their birthday Youth who are 13 to 18 years old and have proof that they received one dose of vaccine can participate in sport, recreation, arts and culture programming and have until October 26to get their second dose. If you require more information on this policy, please refer to Government of Nova Scotia website at:   https://novascotia.ca/reopening-plan/phase-five/   If you need the link for proof of Vaccination, please use the following link:   https://novascotia.flow.canimmunize.ca/en/portal   We are all looking forward to a great start to the season and keeping everyone involved safe.   See you at the rink!  
Sep 29, 2021

REMINDER: Initial Down Payment of 20% of Balance Due September 30

  As mentioned in yesterday’s message that was sent out we will be sending out daily communication each evening with important information and reminders for the season to get started.  Tonight’s message is a reminder that of the 20% down payment by September 30th, which is just two days away.  If you have not done so already, please ensure your down payment of 20% of the total invoice balance is made no later than September 30, 2021.  Players who have not made this payment will not be permitted to participate in further Dartmouth Whalers events, including tryouts and balancing, until this payment is received.  If you have not already let us know that you have applied for or intend to apply for funding, please contact financialassistance@whalers.org as soon as possible and include a copy of your confirmation (if applicable). If you have questions regarding applying for funding, review https://whalers.org/l/42/DWMHA/pages/1746/REGISTRATION---Financial-Assistance-Program/ or contact our financial assistance coordinator at financialassistance@whalers.org. All etransfer payments should be sent to payments@whalers.org and ensure you include your players name and what the payment is for.  Also please note you are not able to log back into the system and make payments via credit card once the registration is submitted, credit card needs to be chosen at time of registration. Any questions please feel free to reach out to treasurer@whalers.org or registrar@whalers.org    
Sep 28, 2021

Important Memo for All Members- Start of the Season

Important Memo for All Members- Start of the Season   Welcome back to the 2021/22 Hockey Season! Through all the challenges and uncertainty through Covid, we are fortunate to have our players back at the rink practicing, trying out and seeing teammates and friends again. It is a busy time of season with school back in session, other Fall sports starting up and summer sports winding down. We are enthusiastic that this season will get off to a great start and a lot of work has gone on behind the scenes to be ready.  This is a volunteer driven organization and there are many people helping out with planning, on-ice/check-in support, coaching, safety reps, the list is too long to name the number of people involved.  Please do thank our many volunteers who have already spent countless number of hours to get us to this point and will be putting in many more hours during the season!     This is an important time of year, but is also a stressful time for many players, coaches and parents.  This is why it is important to keep things in perspective and appreciate that we are one of the few jurisdictions in Canada who actually got to play games last year. While we had a few pauses and disruptions, we fared much better than most and we know that everyone will do their part again this year to make the season and our health and safety even more important. We also know the key to reducing the stress is to communicate with our membership and therefore you will be seeing ongoing communications to keep you informed of the season start up process.  Stay tuned for daily updates!     Try-outs will begin for some starting this week. U13 will start this Thursday, September 30th, U11 and U15 will start Oct 4th and U18 will start the week of October 18th. We will start with skill sessions for all levels and this first and only session will be players and evaluators only. No spectators will be allowed during the skills sessions as we work to make the best environment for all involved. After the first skill sessions, we will commence with inter-squad games and one spectator per player will be allowed into the rink. We ask that all spectators to use the downstairs portion of the rink only. Upstairs will be exclusively for evaluators only. This is important to ensure that the evaluators have the best sightlines and access to the players.     Also just a reminder of the Hockey Nova Scotia Vaccination Policy that requires anyone 12 years and above entering the facility to show proof of vaccination. More information can be found here regarding this policy.     https://www.whalers.org/news/2317/HOCKEY-NOVA-SCOTIA-PROOF-OF-VACCINE-POLICY/   You will see a separate communication this week regarding this policy and how we will manage this process.   Should you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to reach out to your level coordinator or any Executive Board member.  We will send out daily communications to keep you informed. Please read these messages carefully, as they will provide you with key information that you may need as we get through the start up phase of the season.   Thanks for your patience and ongoing support. Let's get this season started and we look forward to seeing you all at the rink very soon!   Cheers Phil Power DWMHA President
Sep 27, 2021

Dartmouth Whalers 2021 - 2022 Email Distribution List

We have now created the Dartmouth Whalers 2021-2022 Email distribution list and an email was sent out this morning.  If you did not get it please check your junk mail / spam folder and if it is not there then please complete the sign up form and we will get you added in the coming weeks.   Email Distribution List sign up    All communication that we as an association will be sending will be sent out to everyone on the email distribution list created for the 2021-2022 season. Also we have created division specific email lists based on where your player is registered and you if you are on the master list, you have been added to that as well so you should also receive any emails that are division specific.   If you do not want to be receiving emails, please scroll to the bottom of any email sent out and click on Unsubscribe. But please note, once you unsubscribe, our email system will not allow us to re-add you due to anti-spam laws.   Last, in the coming week we will being posting updates about season startup on our website. We will begin with Ice times and updates for U11-U18 Tryouts and will be followed by U7 & U9 ice times and then U11-U18 Balancing updates. When post these updates for the first time, we will send an email out to let you all know, Tryout updates or U7 Updates are now posted, but any updates after that WILL NOT BE emailed out, they will just be posted to the website and then shared to all three of our social media pages when updates happen.   To see updates, please go to our website whalers.org and on the menu click on Season Startup and from the drop down list choose either Balancing (U7 to U18) or Tryouts (11 to U18) and then from there click on the divisional page to see updates for that specific division.   If you have any questions please reach out to your divisional coordinator, their emails can be found on our webpage choosing DWMHA Governance on our menu and choosing appointed roles in the drop down   Thank you and here's to a great season
Sep 25, 2021

Volunteer Sign up for U7 & U9

We are getting closer to the start of the season and our U7 & U9 Players hitting the ice. We are reaching out to you all looking for volunteers for the following:   - Volunteers to supervise in the dressing rooms for the Hockey Canada 2 deep policy the time before your player goes on the ice and when players are getting changed after they get off the ice - Must have valid CAR and CRC on file with Hockey Canada   - Volunteers to help on the bench and / or on ice   - Volunteers for player check in of players and spectators     PLEASE NOTE: As per the vaccination requirements announced by NS Government and Public health as well as the Hockey Nova Scotia Vaccination Policy, anyone looking to volunteer must be double vaccinated and must be able to show proof upon entry to the rink each time you enter.   If you can volunteer we would love for you to take a moment to sign up by completing the below form to let us know what you are able to help with. If you are looking to help out at multiple levels, please complete a form for each level as a list for each level will be given to the division coordinators and they will be in touch with you closer to the dates once groups are posted to confirm if and when you are able to help.   VOLUNTEER SIGN UP FOR U7 (click here)   VOLUNTEER SIGN UP FOR U9 (click Here)   We hope to have ice times announce in the coming days so stay tuned!   Thank you
Sep 24, 2021

HOCKEY NOVA SCOTIA PROOF OF VACCINE POLICY

The health and safety of our membership is the top priority of Hockey Nova Scotia.   Earlier this month, the province announced that as of Oct. 4, people who are 12 and older will need to provide proof of full vaccination to both participate in and watch indoor and outdoor sports practices, games, competitions, and tournaments.   To comply with the province’s proof of vaccine policy and to assist our members in planning for the upcoming season, we are introducing our own proof of vaccine policy that is in strict accordance with the province’s proof of vaccine policy. You will find that policy below   HNS Vaccine Policy Sept 21 2021 <-click here     We appreciate your support and patience as we have worked with Sport Nova Scotia, the province, and our board of directors to develop this policy framework.   Thanks for all that you do.   Yours in Hockey,   Arnie Farrell President Hockey Nova Scotia   Amy Walsh Executive Director Hockey Nova Scotia
Sep 22, 2021

Volunteer sign up for Tryouts

We are now less than two weeks away from tryouts beginning and in order to make thing flow well and have tryouts be successful as possible it takes a lot of help from our members and we are reaching out to you all looking for volunteers for the following:   - Volunteers to supervise in the dressing rooms for the Hockey Canada 2 deep policy the hour before your player goes on the ice and when players are getting changed after they get off the ice - Must have valid  CRC with VSC on file with Hockey Canada   - Volunteers for player check in of players and spectators   - Volunteers to hand out jerseys to players and collect at the end of session   - Volunteers to help wash jerseys after each session and return to the rink next day.     PLEASE NOTE: As per the vaccination requirements announced by NS Government and Public health, anyone looking to volunteer must be double vaccinated and must be able to show proof upon entry to the rink each time you enter.   If you can volunteer we would love for you to take a moment to sign up by completing the below form to let us know what you are able to help with. If you are looking to help out at multiple levels, please complete a form for each level as a list for each level will be given to the division coordinators and they will be in touch with you closer to the dates once groups are posted to confirm if and when you are able to help.   VOLUNTEER SIGN UP FOR TRYOUTS(click here)     Thank you
Sep 20, 2021

CMHL looking to fill secretary role

Central Minor Hockey League (formerly CMHF) is looking for a volunteer to fill the role of secretary, for those interested please contact either Scott Urqhart or Matt Oxford to apply at the following Email addresses is centralminorhockeyleague@gmail.com Also the new CMHL website can be found at the below link https://centralminorhockey.ca/  
Sep 19, 2021

Sport & Recreation Proof of Vaccine FAQ

Please see below message just sent out by Hockey Nova Scotia   Sport And Rec Proof of Vaccination FAQ (CLICK ON ABOVE) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Good afternoon everyone,   We just received this attached file from Sport Nova Scotia. It’s an FAQ document from the province aimed at answering some of the questions on proof of vaccine from the sport and recreation sector.   We know you all have a lot of questions and we wanted to get this information to you as soon as we received it. It should be noted that the proof of vaccination policy is still being completed, so additional information will be passed along as it’s made available to us.   In the meantime, we are reviewing the answers provided today and will continue to finalize a Hockey Nova Scotia vaccine policy over the next few days. We aim to have this to you next week in time for our provincial member call on Wednesday.   Thank you for your continued support and patience.   Yours in Hockey,   Arnie Farrell President Hockey Nova Scotia   Amy Walsh Executive Director Hockey Nova Scotia     Garreth MacDonald Communications & Special Events Director Hockey Nova Scotia  hockeynovascotia.ca  
Sep 17, 2021

PSO UPDATE from HNS regarding today's press conference

Good evening Whalers   please see below message sent out earlier this evening from Hockey Nova Scotia with updates after today's press conference   ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~  Earlier today, the province announced that the move to Phase 5 of the provincial reopening plan will be delayed until Oct. 4.   Sport Nova Scotia has provided an update on today’s announcement. You can find it at the bottom of this email.   To read the province’s press release, please click here.   As stated in Sport Nova Scotia’s update below, “Starting Oct. 4, people who are 12 and older will need to provide proof of full vaccination to participate in most events and activities that bring groups of people together. While the policy is not yet final, it will apply to participants and spectators for indoor and outdoor sports practices, games, competitions and tournaments as well as indoor and outdoor extracurricular school-based activities, including sports.”   We all need to do our part to ensure we get to Phase 5. As part of this effort, we once again strongly encourage everyone who is eligible to be vaccinated to do so.   From now until Oct. 4, we would like to remind you that we remain in Phase 4 of the province’s reopening plan. During Phase 4, players, coaches, and officials can practice, train, and compete with up to 59 people in the field of play without social distancing. You are reminded that the field of play refers to the ice surface, team benches, penalty box, timekeeper’s box, and dressing room.   Hockey Nova Scotia applied for and received special exemption from the province and Sport Nova Scotia to allow for a group of this size to be permitted in the field of play during Phase 4. It allows for competition between two teams. To learn more about Phase 4 and what it means for hockey, please click here.   We know you will likely have a lot of questions about today’s announcement, the implementation of this policy, as well as the exception policy that the province is still developing. We will continue to work with Sport Nova Scotia and the province to seek clarity around these issues and we will update you as we receive more information.   As always, we would like to thank you all for your hard work and continued support.   Yours in Hockey,   Amy Walsh Executive Director Hockey Nova Scotia   Arnie Farrell President Hockey Nova Scotia       Garreth MacDonald Communications & Special Events Director Hockey Nova Scotia   259 Commodore Drive Dartmouth, NS, B3B 0M1 902.454.9400   hockeynovascotia.ca   From: Sport Nova Scotia Date: Tuesday, September 14, 2021 at 3:55 PM Subject: COVID-19 Update: September 14, 2021   COVID-19 Update: September 14, 2021 Today the province announced that Nova Scotia will delay moving into phase 5 of the reopening plan until October 4. Starting Oct. 4, people who are 12 and older will need to provide proof of full vaccination to participate in most events and activities that bring groups of people together. While the policy is not yet final, it will apply to participants and spectators for indoor and outdoor sports practices, games, competitions and tournaments as well as indoor and outdoor extracurricular school-based activities, including sports.  We will continue to update you as more information about the details of the vaccine policy become available to us.    Quick Notes -An exception policy for people who cannot get vaccinated because of a valid medical or behavioural reason is being developed.    -Children who turned 12 between January 1 and October 4 this year will have until December 31 to attend events and activities while they get vaccinated; children who turn 12 after October 4 will have three months from their birthday.    Link Province of Nova Scotia Press Release: September 14   Regards, SNS Communications
Sep 14, 2021

UPDATE from Hockey NS on Provincial announcement last week

Please see below email that was sent out from Hockey Nova Scotia earlier today.   We ask that all players still register before this week's cut off, if you are unsure if the province's new policy announced last week may affect your player being able to participate this season. please still register but select etransfer for now and hold off paying till more info is released. We can very easily remove/ cancel a players registration for hockey or for tryouts after September 16th, BUT WE WILL NOT BE ADDING players to tryouts after September 16th and registration cost goes up after the 16th and you will be charged the late fee of $50 additional cost.   NO EXCEPTIONS WILL BE MADE Stay tuned for more updates.... ---------- Forwarded message ---------From: Garreth MacDonald Date: Mon, Sep 13, 2021 at 9:50 AMSubject: Re: PSO Update: September 8, 2021To:   Good morning everyone,  We want to provide an update regarding the province’s proof of full vaccination announcement last week. Over the weekend, we received the following communication from Sport Nova Scotia:  FROM SPORT NOVA SCOTIA: We wanted to provide a quick update about last week’s announcement concerning COVID-19 immunization for sport activities. We have received word from the province indicating that there will be further review about participant vaccine requirements in sport. We expect to hear back early next week with a final decision about the logistical details (including potential age requirements) that go along with the vaccine policies. We will update you as soon as we have more information.  Hockey Nova Scotia will continue to work with the province and Sport Nova Scotia to determine what these vaccine requirements will look like for our membership this season.  We will communicate this information to you as soon as we have it.  Yours in Hockey,   Amy Walsh Executive Director Hockey Nova Scotia   Arnie Farrell President Hockey Nova Scotia      
Sep 13, 2021

Interested in officiating?

Interested in officiating? Did you know that officials are the most valuable member of the team during a game? If you are interested in becoming a hockey official, this might just be for you! New Officials must be a minimum of 14 years of age as of December 31, 2021. All new officials must complete the below application form. DWMHA Referee in Chief will reach out regarding the application once submitted.  If a spot is confirmed for you, you will need to take the necessary HNS officiating courses (see below) and any new officials will be required to purchase all necessary equipment required to officiate. All new officials must first take the HU Course ($20) Must be taken before you can register for any courses.  Under 16 you must take the Level 1 Course ($130) Over 16 must take the Level 2 Course ($145)   DWMHA New Referee Application Form (click Here)
Sep 10, 2021

DWMHA believes in investing in their coaches and volunteers

Volunteers are the lifeblood of any successful minor hockey association and the DWMHA board recently passed a unanimous motion to cover the cost of a criminal record check through a new partnership with backcheck.net   This decision was made to reduce the cost, turnaround time, administrative burden, and to make the entire process much easier for our coaches and volunteers for the 2021-2022 season and beyond.    If your criminal records check has to be renewed this season (CRC are valid for 3 years and show on your HC Profile) go to http://www.backcheck.net/hockeynovascotia/   PLEASE NOTE - The DWMHA decision covers record checks on a go forward basis. The DWMHA will not be reimbursing for any previous record checks obtained, nor will the DWMHA be reimbursing for checks done at any of the local law enforcement agencies.  The DWMHA’s goal is for this benefit to be permanent thus, over time, most coaches will be able to access this benefit.    How do I check to see if my CRC is expired   If you have not already done so, you will need to create a new Login for HCR 3.0 as all past logins no longer work in the new system.  To set up a new login profile and link your HCR profile click on the below step by step how to    HCR 3-0 Guide - Setting Up Your Account (click here) Once your login profile is set up and your HCR profile is linked, you must be in your HCR profile to see your qualifications Once you login, in the menu on the left side choose Members.  You will see at the top of the screen circles with Initials, these are the members linked to your account.  The first one is your Login profile, this will not have anything attached to it under Qualifications, this is just for you to login.  The second one with the name in all Caps is the HCR profile that has all your past courses, clinics and CRC's attached.  Go to Qualifications, and scroll down to view them all.  Starting 2021-2022 Season, all updated CRC's will show under the CRC tab, past ones show under Qualifications. If you are on your mobile device, scroll down to where you see the tabs, general, Schedule, swipe your finger to the left to move the screen over till you see Qualification and then click on it and scroll down See below for example For more info on Coach and volunteer certifications, please go to our website and click on Volunteer Certifications under Risk/ Safety on the menu or by clicking here https://whalers.org/l/42/DWMHA/pages/1926/RISK--SAFETY---Coach--Volunteer-Certification-Information/    
Sep 10, 2021

PSO Update: September 8, 2021 from Today's Press conference

Please see below message sent out by Hockey Nova Scotia sent out late this afternoon, September 8th, 2021   Good afternoon everyone,   Please find below an update from Sport Nova Scotia regarding today’s proof of full vaccination announcement.   We will work with the province, Sport Nova Scotia, our board of directors, and the Rebound Steering Committee (including our Chief Medical Officer) to determine what today’s update will mean for hockey. We will communicate this information to you as soon as we have it.   In the meantime, we would like to remind you that we remain in Phase 4 of the province’s reopening plan. To learn more about Phase 4, please click here.   We all need to do our part to ensure we get to Phase 5. As part of this effort, we encourage everyone who is eligible to be vaccinated to do so.   Thank you all for your hard work and continued support.   Yours in Hockey,   Amy Walsh Executive Director Hockey Nova Scotia   Arnie Farrell President Hockey Nova Scotia     Garreth MacDonald Communications & Special Events Director Hockey Nova Scotia   259 Commodore Drive Dartmouth, NS, B3B 0M1 902.454.9400   hockeynovascotia.ca   From: Sport Nova Scotia <communications@sportnovascotia.ca>Date: Wednesday, September 8, 2021 at 4:03 PMSubject: PSO Update: September 8, 2021   PSO Update: September 8, 2021   Today the province announced that Nova Scotia will move into Phase 5 of its reopening plan at 12:01 a.m. on Sept. 15. At this time, the only restrictions that will remain in place for the general population are those related to management of COVID-19 cases. Border measures will remain in place, and the province will also start requiring proof of full vaccination for non-essential, discretionary, recreation and leisure services and activities on Oct. 4.   It was also announced that as of Oct. 4, proof of full vaccination will be required for Nova Scotians who are 12 or older to participate in discretionary, recreational or non-essential activities such as dining out, going to a fitness facility, or going to a movie, theatre performance, concert or sporting event. Vaccine requirements include participants and attendees at sporting activities including practices, training, tournaments etc.    The proof of vaccination requirement does not apply to children 11 years of age and under because they are not eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. Children age 11 and under who attend these activities with a fully vaccinated adult will be allowed to participate.    We understand that you will likely have some questions, and we will communicate with you in as much detail as possible as more information becomes available to us.    Link: Province of Nova Scotia Press Release   Thanks, SNS Communications               ReplyReply allForward
Sep 9, 2021

Volunteers needed for Conditioning Sessoins

Although it's hard to believe the summer is almost over, it's even harder to believe that conditioning sessions less than two weeks away from starting. In order to make the season as successful as possible it takes a lot of help from our members and we are reaching out to you all looking for volunteers for the following:   - Volunteers to supervise in the dressing rooms for the Hockey Canada 2 deep policy the hour before your player goes on the ice and when players are getting changed after they get off the ice - Must have valid CAR and CRC on file with Hockey Canada   - Volunteers for player check in and confirming pre-screening form has been completed for both players and spectators   If you can volunteer for one session or for them all we would love for you to take a moment to sign up by completing the below form to let us know what you are able to help with. Our division coordinators will be in touch with you closer to the dates once groups are posted to confirm if and when you are able to help.   VOLUNTEER SIGN UP FOR CONDITIONING     Thank you    
Aug 30, 2021

Conditioning Dates & Times

U9 to U18 times are now posted below and under the Season Start up pages for Conditioning Conditioning sessions are open to players registering for DWMHA U9  to U18 level hockey.   Each player will get 6 - 1 hour ice times (one hour ice time during the times and each of the dates listed below for their level). Please go to the link below if you have not already registered for COnditioning and/ or Tryouts for this season.  PLEASE NOTE: If you have already registered for Tryouts and have not inlcuded conditioning,PLEASE DO NOT TRY TO REGISTER AGAIN, PLEASE REACH OUT TO registrar@whalers.org If you are unsure if you have registered, please log back in and go to purchases. If you have already created your new HCR login and linked your players to your login profile but have not registered for hockey this season or for either Conditioning and/or tryouts already, please go here to register for Hockey first then register for Tryouts and/or conditioning 2021 - 2022 Registration If you have not set up a new login, please go here for instructions on how to create a login and link your player and then go to the above link How to Set up New Login for HCR 3.0 Registration for conditioning closes September 5th.  Groups and Times will not be posted till September 8th.  Please note we will not be taking requests for specific times or Groupings.   
Aug 28, 2021

2021 Fall HNS Certified Checking Clinic

Fall 2021 HNS Certified Checking ClinicDate September 7th & 9thLocation: RBC ArenaRegistration: Sept 7th@ 8:15pmSept 7th 8:30 to 10:00pm Sept 9th 7:45pm to 9:15pm  Pre-screening links will be sent out and need to be completed no earlier than 24 hours prior to each sessionCost: $ 80 per playerPlease note there will be a limited # of spots for this session so we expect to fill up quickly.Requirement: All players who are intending to try out for a NSMBHL team in the spring or wish to try-out/ play checking in the 2020-21 season MUST attend. All protective equipment must be worn during the session Checking clinics are required to try-out for U15 AA, A, U18 AA,A. If a player opts to not tryout for these teams i.e. wish to play Bantam B or Midget B, then they do not have to attend the checking clinic. Goalies DO NOT attend the checking clinic. If player has already completed a prior Hockey NS certified checking clinic already, they do not need to take it again but are more than welcome to take it again as a refresher. Please click on the below link to register, once registered a confirmation email will be send and all payment links and instructions will be includedChecking clinic will be run by our technical director Bill Short.  Any questions regarding this please email Bill at technical@whalers.org.Checking Clinic Registration Form
Aug 20, 2021

Whalers Launch New Website Powered by GrayJay!

We are thrilled to launch our new and improved website, powered by the GrayJay Leagues platform from grayjaysolutions.com! Our new website brings a contemporary new look to our online presence, as well as new functionality, such as real-time scoring, electronic gamesheets, roster management, schedule management with conflict alerts, and much more! The real-time scoring feature allows officials to easily update games as they happen, including goals, penalties, etc. on a mobile phone, tablet, or PC. This information is immediately available on the website for people to follow the game in the stands or at home. Game data is automatically added to the team and player statistics on the website, and historical data has been imported to provide the user with a complete set of data in one convenient location. Electronic gamesheets are auto-generated for easy and improved record keeping. Team and game rosters can be managed from any location with an internet connection to allow us to keep you up-to-date with the most current roster information. We are excited for the possibilities of our new website and hope you will love it as much as we do!
May 18, 2021